Todd J. Leach, Ph.D. is the seventh Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), New Hampshire’s four-year public higher education system comprised of the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College. The combined operating budget of USNH is in excess of nine hundred million dollars per year, and the system touts one of the best public returns on investment with the lowest per-capita state support and one of the highest degree attainment rates of any public system, as well as the lowest student loan default rates of any public system in the country.
Prior to serving as Chancellor, Dr. Leach served as President of Granite State College, the primary public provider of online education in the state of New Hampshire. During his tenure as president, the college became the fastest growing public college in New England, achieving record enrollment levels. The college also transformed from undergraduate programs only to offering its first masters programs. Granite State also achieved a top 30 national ranking from US News for online colleges and was ranked in the top five institutions nationally on the metric of social mobility by Washington Monthly. Prior to his presidency at Granite State, Chancellor Leach served as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies, where he oversaw all CPS academic programs and faculty and led the development of over twenty masters and doctoral degree programs. He also provided oversight for Northeastern Online and served as the Executive Director of the School of Education.
Chancellor Leach holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern University and an MBA from Bentley University and has over two decades of experience as a leader and faculty member within higher education. He also holds a BS from Worcester State College and an AS from Mass Bay Community College. Both institutions honored Chancellor Leach in 2012 and 2011, respectively, with Distinguished Alumni Awards. In addition, Chancellor Leach completed higher education programs at Harvard University.
Chancellor Leach has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the subjects of higher education and distance learning. He serves on the USNH Board of Trustees and is one of New Hampshire’s commissioners of higher education.